Emma Hannigan - Author

About the Author

Emma Hannigan is the author of ten bestselling novels including The Secrets We Share, Driving Home for Christmas and the bestselling memoir Talk to the Headscarf which charted her journey through cancer. Emma lives in Co. Wicklow , Ireland, with her husband, two children and a dog.

Featured books by Emma Hannigan

The Wedding Promise

The Wedding Promise

Author: Emma Hannigan Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/06/2017

A new start in beautiful Spain is offered to a grieving widow and her family in this heartwarming read from the Irish No. 1 bestselling author. If you love reading Cathy Kelly and Patricia Scanlan, and watching Under a Tuscan Sun, this is the perfect read for you, and a book you will want to share.

The Wedding Weekend (An Emma Hannigan Short Story)

The Wedding Weekend (An Emma Hannigan Short Story)

Author: Emma Hannigan Format: Electronic book text Release Date: 17/07/2014

'A writer who understands exactly how women think' Cathy Kelly Tess can't quite believe her luck - she's marrying Marco, the man of her dreams, in an exquisite traditional Italian wedding, surrounded by her adoring family. But when an ex puts in an unexpected appearance in Rome, Tess is instantly taken back to glorious Huntersbrook House and the warmth and joy of the Craig family. Memories she thought she had long-buried and left behind in Ireland suddenly resurface at the worst possible moment. Forced to face both her past and future on the evening of the rehearsal dinner, Tess is thrown into turmoil. Which man - and moment - will win out? From Rome to the Irish seaside town of Caracove Bay...Don't miss Emma's sublime novel The Summer Guest.

Perfect Wives

Perfect Wives

Author: Emma Hannigan Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/04/2014

'A wonderful, magical storyteller' Cathy Kelly. Perfect for fans of Maeve Binchy, a heartwarming novel of love, friendship and coming home from the Irish bestseller...When actress Jodi Ludlum returns to the Dublin village of Bakers Valley to raise her young son, she's determined to shield him from the media glare that follows her in LA. But coming home means leaving her husband behind - and waking old ghosts...Francine Hennessy was born and raised in Bakers Valley. To all appearances, she is the model wife, mother, home-maker and career woman. But, behind closed doors, Francine's life is crumbling around her. As Jodi struggles to conceal her secrets and Francine faces some shocking news, the two become unlikely confidants. Suddenly having the perfect life seems less important than finding friendship, and the perfect place to belong...

Driving Home for Christmas

Driving Home for Christmas

Author: Emma Hannigan Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/10/2013

Christmas at Huntersbrook House has always been a family tradition - log fires, long walks through the snowy fields and evenings spent in the local pub. And this year the three grown-up Craig children are looking forward to the holidays more than ever. Pippa to escape her partying lifestyle and mounting debts in Dublin; Joey the demands of his gorgeous girlfriend who seems intent on coming between him and his family; and Lainey to forget about her controlling ex and his recent engagement to another woman. But with the family livery yard in financial trouble, this Christmas could be the Craig family's last at Huntersbrook as they face the prospect of selling the ancestral house. As the holiday season gets underway, the family need to come up with a way to save their home, and face the problems they've been running away from in Dublin. And what better place to figure things out than around the fire at Huntersbrook House.

Other books by Emma Hannigan

Driving Home for Christmas

Driving Home for Christmas

Author: Emma Hannigan Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/10/2013

Christmas at Huntersbrook House has always been a family tradition - log fires, long walks through the snowy fields and evenings spent in the local pub. And this year the three grown-up Craig children are looking forward to the holidays more than ever. Pippa to escape her partying lifestyle and mounting debts in Dublin; Joey the demands of his gorgeous girlfriend who seems intent on coming between him and his family; and Lainey to forget about her controlling ex and his recent engagement to another woman. But with the family livery yard in financial trouble, this Christmas could be the Craig family's last at Huntersbrook as they face the prospect of selling the ancestral house. As the holiday season gets underway, the family need to come up with a way to save their home, and face the problems they've been running away from in Dublin. And what better place to figure things out than around the fire at Huntersbrook House.

The Heart of Winter

The Heart of Winter

Author: Emma Hannigan Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/10/2018

With the promise of December in the air and the hedgerows laced with frost, Huntersbrook House has never looked more beautiful. Once the Craig family's beloved home, the house has been transformed into a magnificent countryside venue. And the Christmas wedding of a well-known film actress is the perfect way to launch the new venture. Yet even as the fires are lit, the Craig children are feeling the chill. Pippa is skating on thin ice with her reckless personal life. Joey, preoccupied with the business, is blind to his fiancee's struggles; while Lainey's future is dealt an unforeseen cruel blow. As the wedding approaches, everyone hopes the house will weave its magic in time for the big day. But can the Craigs put their problems aside and pull together as a family once more?

Letters to My Daughters

Letters to My Daughters

Author: Emma Hannigan Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/08/2018

** THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER ** Some books are guaranteed to break your heart - and put it back together again. Letters to my Daughters is one of those wonderful books. Throughout their lives, the three Brady sisters have always been closer to their nanny May than to their own mother, Martha a busy midwife. May always thought of them as her daughters so when she dies suddenly, the sisters are left devastated -- especially when they learn that letters intended for them from May with final words of advice and love have gone missing. But what words of advice could the sisters need? Beatrice, owner of exclusive wedding boutiques, is busy and fulfilled. Rose has a beautiful daughter, a luxurious home and a thriving interiors company. And Jeannie, married to a wealthy plastic surgeon in L.A., wants for nothing. Except that each of the sisters carries a secret ... As they gather for the reading of May's will in Dublin, they must face some life-changing decisions. Will they ever learn the words of advice May had for them and discover who took the letters? Letters to my Daughters is a spellbinding story about the complicated bonds between women -- daughters, mothers, sisters -- and how love and happiness comes in many guises.

Letters to My Daughters

Letters to My Daughters

Author: Emma Hannigan Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/02/2018

The new heartwarming novel from Emma Hannigan, the No. 1 Irish bestselling author of The Perfect Gift and The Wedding Promise. Perfect for fans of Patricia Scanlan and Jojo Moyes. Throughout their lives, the three Brady sisters have always been closer to their nanny May than to their own mother, Martha a busy midwife. May always thought of them as her daughters so when she dies suddenly, the sisters are left devastated -- especially when they learn that letters intended for them from May with final words of advice and love have gone missing. But what words of advice could the sisters need? Beatrice, owner of exclusive wedding boutiques, is busy and fulfilled. Rose has a beautiful daughter, a luxurious home and a thriving interiors company. And Jeannie, married to a wealthy plastic surgeon in L.A., wants for nothing. Except that each of the sisters carries a secret ... And as they gather for the reading of May's will in Dublin, they must face some life-changing decisions. Will they ever learn the words of advice May had for them, and discover who took the letters? Letters to my Daughters is the spell-binding story about the complicated bonds between women -- daughters, mothers, sisters -- and how love and happiness comes in many guises. For love, laughter, tears and joy, read Emma Hannigan...

Winter Collection

Winter Collection

Author: Emma Hannigan Format: eBook Release Date: 26/10/2017

Indulge in a festive treat this Christmas with this heartwarming collection of Emma Hannigan's bestselling novels featuring the beloved Craig family. Includes bonus short story The Wedding Weekend.Meet the Craig family in DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS . . . Christmas at Huntersbrook House has always been a family tradition, and this year the three grown-up Craig children are looking forward to the holidays more than ever. Pippa to escape her partying lifestyle and mounting debts in Dublin; Joey the demands of his gorgeous girlfriend who seems intent on coming between him and his family; and Lainey to forget about her controlling ex and his recent engagement to another woman. But this Christmas could be the Craig family's last at Huntersbrook. As the holiday season gets underway, the family need to come up with a way to save their home, and face the problems they've all been running away from.Return to glorious Huntersbrook in THE HEART OF WINTER . . . Huntersbrook House has been transformed into a magnificent countryside venue. And its first booking couldn't be more perfect - the Christmas wedding of a well-known film actress. Yet, behind the scenes, the Craig children are feeling the chill. Pippa is skating on thin ice with her reckless personal life; Joey, preoccupied with the business, is blind to his fianc 's struggles. And Lainey's future is dealt a cruel blow. As the wedding approaches, everyone hopes the house will weave its magic. But can the Craigs put their differences aside and pull together as a family once more? Can new love triumph over the past? Find out in this irresistible short story THE WEDDING WEEKEND . . . Tess can't quite believe her luck - she's marrying Marco, the man of her dreams, in an exquisite traditional Italian wedding, surrounded by her adoring family. But when she runs into an ex, Tess is instantly taken back to glorious Huntersbrook House and the warmth and joy of the Craig family. Memories she thought she had long-buried suddenly resurface at the worst possible moment. Tess is thrown into turmoil. Which man will win out?For love, laughter, tears and joy, read Emma Hannigan...

All To Live For Fighting Cancer. Finding Hope.

All To Live For Fighting Cancer. Finding Hope.

Author: Emma Hannigan Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/08/2017

*All to Live For is an extended and updated edition of the bestselling memoir Talk to the Headscarf * In 2005 Emma Hannigan was thirty two years old, happily married to her long-time love with two young children. Her world was shattered when she discovered that she had the rare gene BRCA1, meaning a 50% chance of developing ovarian cancer and an 85% chance of developing breast cancer. To reduce the risk, Emma had a double mastectomy and both ovaries removed. But in 2007 she received the devastating news that cancer had struck anyway. Now, twelve years later, Emma Hannigan is battling cancer for the tenth time. With her trademark warmth and wisdom, Emma shares her journey and her advice on everything from skincare and hair loss to how to keep a sense of humour through it all. All to Live For is a story of one woman's determination not to let cancer win; a story of strength and inspiration, hope and love. And of never giving up.

The Wedding Promise

The Wedding Promise

Author: Emma Hannigan Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/06/2017

A new start in beautiful Spain is offered to a grieving widow and her family in this heartwarming read from the Irish No. 1 bestselling author. If you love reading Cathy Kelly and Patricia Scanlan, and watching Under a Tuscan Sun, this is the perfect read for you, and a book you will want to share.

The Perfect Gift

The Perfect Gift

Author: Emma Hannigan Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/07/2016

When Roisin returned home from France to the seaside village of Ballyshore heartbroken, she threw herself into fulfilling her lifelong dream to running her own artisan cafe. Five years on, her love life is still on ice but Nourriture, her cafe and delicatessen, is thriving. But then, on her thirtieth birthday, Roisin receives two pieces of unexpected news which shake her to her core: a letter from her birth mother, a woman she's never met, and some devastating news about her business. Meanwhile, the one person Roisin has always turned to, her adoptive mum Keeley, is hiding her own secret. The two women must face truths about the past. Will they discover that the gift of love between a mother and a daughter is the most precious gift of all?

The Perfect Gift

The Perfect Gift

Author: Emma Hannigan Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/02/2016

Happy Birthday, darling girl... When Roisin returned home from France to the seaside village of Ballyshore heartbroken, she threw herself into fulfilling her lifelong dream of running her own artisan cafe. Five years on, her love life is still on ice but Nourriture, her cafe and delicatessen, is thriving. Then, on her thirtieth birthday, instead of the annual card from her birth mother, a woman she's never met, Roisin receives a letter signed with love, which turns her world upside down. While she absorbs the contents of the letter, her adoptive mum Keeley grows increasingly worried that its arrival will raise questions about the secret she's been hiding from Roisin for years. A secret only one other person knows ... As the women face truths about the past, they discover that the most precious gift of all is the love between a mother and a daughter. But will they be able to let that love light the way home?

The Perfect Gift: This uplifting novel of mothers and daughters will warm your heart

The Perfect Gift: This uplifting novel of mothers and daughters will warm your heart

Author: Emma Hannigan Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 18/02/2016

This beautiful, moving novel of mothers and daughters and the secrets they share will fill hearts with love and light this Mother's Day. If you love Patricia Scanlan and Cathy Kelly's warm novels, you will adore Emma Hannigan's The Perfect Gift. 'A wonderful storyteller' Cathy Kelly Happy Birthday, darling girl... Ever since she can remember, Roisin has received a birthday card from her mother; the mother she has never met. Brought up by her adoptive parents, Keeley and Doug, Roisin has wanted for nothing. But on her thirtieth birthday a letter comes that shakes her world. For Keeley, who's raised Roisin as her own, the letter reminds her of a guilty secret she's been hiding for thirty years. And for Nell, keeping watch in the lighthouse, the past is a place she dare not go. Until a young runaway arrives seeking shelter, and unwraps the gift of hope for them all...

The Secrets We Share

The Secrets We Share

Author: Emma Hannigan Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 27/08/2015

Emma Hannigan, much loved author of The Summer Guest, will delight fans of Patricia Scanlan and Cathy Kelly with her big-hearted novels of Ireland. 'A writer who understands exactly how women think' Cathy Kelly Devastated after a tragedy, Nathalie Conway finds herself on a plane to Ireland. She is on her way to stay with her grandmother Clara. The grandmother up until now Nathalie had no idea existed... As Clara awaits her granddaughter's arrival, she is filled with a new sense of hope. She has spent the last twenty years praying her son Max would come back into her life. Perhaps now her son can find a way to forgive her for the past. And her granddaughter may be the thread to stitch the pieces of her beloved family back together.

The Secrets We Share

The Secrets We Share

Author: Emma Hannigan Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/08/2015

Devastated after a tragedy, Nathalie Conway finds herself on a plane to Ireland. She is on her way to stay with her grandmother Clara. The woman who up until now Nathalie had no idea existed ... As Clara awaits her granddaughter's arrival, she is filled with a new sense of hope. She has spent the past twenty years wishing that her son Max would come back into her life. Perhaps now he can find a way to forgive her for the past. And her granddaughter may be the thread to stitch the pieces of her beloved family back together.

The Secrets We Share

The Secrets We Share

Author: Emma Hannigan Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/04/2015

Clara Conway is a woman with secrets. But consequently Clara's family is in the process of falling apart. Her son Max emigrated to the US years ago and she has yet to meet her teenage granddaughter, Nathalie ... because Max and his mother no longer speak. Meanwhile Clara's daughter Ava is fighting for a piece of happiness. When Clara unexpectedly reaches out to Nathalie and her niece comes to visit, Ava's thoughts turn to Max, the brother she loved and lost. The brother whose abrupt disappearance left the Conway family heartbroken. When Nathalie finds a pile of torn, faded letters, she unlocks the door to Clara's past. Can Nathalie's time with her grandmother start to right some very old wrongs? And can Clara find a way to reach out to Max and thereby begin to heal the whole family once more? After all, some secrets are meant to be shared ...

The Heart of Winter

The Heart of Winter

Author: Emma Hannigan Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/10/2014

The Heart of Winter by Emma Hannigan, author of the Irish Top Ten bestseller The Summer Guest, delivers a glorious and warm family novel that will delight fans of Patricia Scanlan and Cathy Kelly. 'A writer who understands exactly how women think' Cathy Kelly Holly Craig's family have lived happily in Huntersbrook for generations but when times grow hard, even she must admit defeat and sell off their once-successful stables. The three Craig children, Lainey, Joey and Pippa find themselves locked in a fight to keep their beloved Huntersbrook; dare they transform it into one of Ireland's most sought after countryside venues? Renovation work is well underway when life rears its ugly head and everything stops in its tracks. The Craig family is forced to reassess what matters and although they no longer live at Huntersbrook, can the house work its magic even so ... and lead them into the light once more?

The Summer Guest

The Summer Guest

Author: Emma Hannigan Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/07/2014

Lexi and her husband Sam have spent years lovingly restoring No.3 Cashel Square to its former glory. So imagine Lexie's delight when a stranger knocks on the door, asking to see the house she was born in over sixty years ago. Kathleen is visiting from America, longing to see her childhood home ... and for distraction from the sad secret she carries with her. As Lexie and Sam battle over whether or not to have a baby and Kathleen struggles to find a sense of peace, the two women realise their unexpected friendship will touch them in ways neither could have imagined.

The Wedding Weekend (An Emma Hannigan Short Story)

The Wedding Weekend (An Emma Hannigan Short Story)

Author: Emma Hannigan Format: Electronic book text Release Date: 17/07/2014

'A writer who understands exactly how women think' Cathy Kelly Tess can't quite believe her luck - she's marrying Marco, the man of her dreams, in an exquisite traditional Italian wedding, surrounded by her adoring family. But when an ex puts in an unexpected appearance in Rome, Tess is instantly taken back to glorious Huntersbrook House and the warmth and joy of the Craig family. Memories she thought she had long-buried and left behind in Ireland suddenly resurface at the worst possible moment. Forced to face both her past and future on the evening of the rehearsal dinner, Tess is thrown into turmoil. Which man - and moment - will win out? From Rome to the Irish seaside town of Caracove Bay...Don't miss Emma's sublime novel The Summer Guest.

Wedding Weekend

Wedding Weekend

Author: Emma Hannigan Format: eBook Release Date: 17/07/2014

The Wedding Weekend by Emma Hannigan is a delightful e-short featuring much-loved characters from her novels, which include The Summer Guest and Driving Home for Christmas. Emma is a must-read for fans of Patricia Scanlan and Cathy Kelly. 'A writer who understands exactly how women think' Cathy Kelly Tess can't quite believe her luck - she's marrying Marco, the man of her dreams, in an exquisite traditional Italian wedding, surrounded by her adoring family. But when an ex puts in an unexpected appearance in Rome, Tess is instantly taken back to glorious Huntersbrook House and the warmth and joy of the Craig family. Memories she thought she had long-buried and left behind in Ireland suddenly resurface at the worst possible moment. Forced to face both her past and future on the evening of the rehearsal dinner, Tess is thrown into turmoil. Which man - and moment - will win out?

Perfect Wives

Perfect Wives

Author: Emma Hannigan Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/04/2014

'A wonderful, magical storyteller' Cathy Kelly. Perfect for fans of Maeve Binchy, a heartwarming novel of love, friendship and coming home from the Irish bestseller...When actress Jodi Ludlum returns to the Dublin village of Bakers Valley to raise her young son, she's determined to shield him from the media glare that follows her in LA. But coming home means leaving her husband behind - and waking old ghosts...Francine Hennessy was born and raised in Bakers Valley. To all appearances, she is the model wife, mother, home-maker and career woman. But, behind closed doors, Francine's life is crumbling around her. As Jodi struggles to conceal her secrets and Francine faces some shocking news, the two become unlikely confidants. Suddenly having the perfect life seems less important than finding friendship, and the perfect place to belong...

Perfect Wives

Perfect Wives

Author: Emma Hannigan Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/02/2014

A heartwarming novel of love, friendship and coming home from this bestselling author ... When actress Jodi Ludlum returns to the Dublin village of Bakers Valley to raise her young son, she's determined to shield him from the media glare that follows her in LA. But coming home means leaving her husband behind - and waking old ghosts... Francine Hennessy was born and raised in Bakers Valley. To all appearances, she is the model wife, mother, home-maker and career woman. But, behind closed doors, Francine's life is crumbling around her. As Jodi struggles to conceal her secrets and Francine faces some shocking news, the two become unlikely confidants. Suddenly having the perfect life seems less important than finding friendship, and the perfect place to belong...

Driving Home for Christmas

Driving Home for Christmas

Author: Emma Hannigan Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/10/2013

You're in for a festive treat with Driving Home for Christmas by Emma Hannigan, the perfect winter warmer for fans of Maeve Binchy, Cathy Kelly and Patricia Scanlan. 'A wonderful storyteller' Cathy Kelly Christmas at Huntersbrook House has always been a family tradition - log fires, long walks through the snowy fields and evenings spent in the local pub. And this year the three grown-up Craig children are looking forward to the holidays more than ever. Pippa to escape her partying lifestyle and mounting debts in Dublin; Joey the demands of his gorgeous girlfriend who seems intent on coming between him and his family; and Lainey to forget about her controlling ex and his recent engagement to another woman. But with the family livery yard in financial trouble, this Christmas could be the Craig family's last at Huntersbrook as they face the prospect of selling the ancestral house. As the holiday season gets underway, the family need to come up with a way to save their home, and face the problems they've been running away from in Dublin. And what better place to figure things out than around the fire at Huntersbrook House?

Perfect Wives

Perfect Wives

Author: Emma Hannigan Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/04/2013

When actress Jodi Ludlum returns home to Ireland to raise her young son in the leafy South Dublin village of Bakers Valley, she's determined to shield him from the media spotlight that has dogged her throughout her glittering career. Even if coming home means leaving her husband - and waking old ghosts. Meanwhile, Francine Hennessy, queen of the coffee mornings, was born and raised in Bakers Valley. She takes pride in juggling her children, her beautiful home and her high-powered career. But behind closed doors, Francine's life is crumbling around her. As Jodi struggles to keep her secrets to herself, and Francine comes to terms with some life-changing news, the two become unlikely friends. When they do, they quickly discover that there's no such thing as the perfect wife, or the perfect life - but sometimes it's better to be happy than to be perfect.

Driving Home for Christmas

Driving Home for Christmas

Author: Emma Hannigan Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/10/2012

Christmas at Huntersbrook House has always been a family tradition - log fires, long walks through the snowy fields and evenings spent in the local pub. And this year the three grown-up Craig children are looking forward to the holidays more than ever. Pippa to escape her partying lifestyle and mounting debts in Dublin; Joey the demands of his gorgeous girlfriend who seems intent on coming between him and his family; and Lainey to forget about her controlling ex and his recent engagement to another woman. But with the family livery yard in financial trouble, this Christmas could be the Craig family's last at Huntersbrook as they face the prospect of selling the ancestral house. As the holiday season gets underway, the family need to come up with a way to save their home, and face the problems they've been running away from in Dublin. And what better way to figure things out than around the fire at Huntersbrook House.

Keeping Mum

Keeping Mum

Author: Emma Hannigan Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/07/2012

Happily married Ava and her daughter Daisy have always had the same outlook on life. Marriage (to the right guy) and babies. But when Daisy begins to question her life choices, Ava is forced to examine her own. Independent widow Mia and her eighteen-year-old daughter Felicity have always been close. Until Felicity moves to Dublin and starts a relationship with a man ten years her senior. Image-conscious, diet-obsessed Greta and her daughter Tally could not be more different. But mothers and daughters can love each other without actually liking each other, right? As each of the daughters finds her own path in life, the women must confront the new dynamics in their relationships. And a holiday in Spain provides just the opportunity to discover whether growing up really has to mean growing apart . . .

The Pink Ladies Club

The Pink Ladies Club

Author: Emma Hannigan Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/12/2011

Talk to the Headscarf Fighting Cancer. Finding Hope.

Talk to the Headscarf Fighting Cancer. Finding Hope.

Author: Emma Hannigan Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/01/2011

Imagine you're thirty-two, married, with two little children and you find out you're carrying a deadly cancer gene? That was me in August 2005. I discovered I had the gene Brca1, which means a 50% chance of developing ovarian and an 85% chance of developing breast cancer. I had two options - wait for the big bad cancer wolf or have radical surgery. I chose the latter. Over the following year, I had a double mastectomy and both ovaries removed, which reduced my cancer risk to 5%. I was just dressing in my victory dance outfit, when my worst fears were realised. Cancer had struck anyway. Between 2007 and 2010, I battled and slayed cancer six times. This book takes you on my journey during that turbulent time in my life. If you've just been diagnosed with cancer, I know you are scared. I was too. But I want you to know you are not alone. More than that, I want you to know that I am still here. The score so far is - Cancer 0 : Emma 6. Even if my cancer returns, I will keep on crusading. I can show you how being positive and a big dollop of black humour can go a very long way towards getting better. So chin up, wig on and don't forget, your skin can absorb an astonishing amount of make-up on those bad hair days! Love Emma Hannigan

Designer Genes

Designer Genes

Author: Emma Hannigan Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/01/2010

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